Study Philosophy in Germany: 13 Universities with 13 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2020/2021)

Updated: 10-20-2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Often associated with past generations of influential philosophers, such as Kandt, Habermas, and Arendt, the interdisciplinary English-language Master’s programs in Philosophy offered by German universities take these foundations of philosophy and apply them pragmatically to deal with pressing and important issues of our societies today. 

The programs often focus on ethics, philosophy of science or technology and  intersect with other disciplines such as economics, history, law, sports and politics. It is also possible to enter a broader course of study in Philosophy and subsequently define your own area of specialization. All options are available in our Study Finder.

Overview

13

Study Programs in English

13

Universities

11

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

0,- € (9 programs for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Maximum:

10,000 € per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadline

Winter Semester

between March 31 and September 01

Summer Semester

between May 31 and September 01

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Top-ranked German Universities in Philosophy

#32Times Higher Education Ranking
LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

public University

No. of Students: approx.51,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #52, QS World University Rankings #62
#43Times Higher Education Ranking
Technical University of Munich

public Technical University

No. of Students: approx.41,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #57, QS World University Rankings #61

Tuition fees

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2020/2021

Summer Semester 2021

Open Programs

No Programs open for application

3 Programs open for application

Application Requirements

The Master's program in Philosophy is open to students of all disciplines. It is not restricted to students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in the subject. 

When you apply to a Master’s program in Germany, universities will usually expect you to have an academic degree in a related discipline. For the subject of Philosophy, and especially the interdisciplinary courses, this can vary from program to program. Relevant first degrees are often from the disciplines of Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Law, Life Sciences or STEM subjects. For most programs, entrance tests or interviews are not part of the admission process, students must simply submit required documents. In addition to standard certificates (e.g. first degree certificate, a transcript of records, a language certificate), a CV and a letter of motivation are typically required.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
38.5% local admission restriction (local NC)
30.8% no admission restriction
30.7% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

84.6% directly at University
15.4% via Uni-Assist

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum

5.5 (1 program)

Minimum

72 (1 program)

Minimum

0 (6 programs)

Maximum

7 (2 programs)

Maximum

95 (2 programs)

Maximum

0 (6 programs)

IELTS Band

Minimum

5.5 (1 program)

Maximum

7 (2 programs)

TOEFL Scores

Minimum

72 (1 program)

Maximum

95 (2 programs)

Cambridge Levels

Minimum

0 (6 programs)

Maximum

0 (6 programs)

Program Features

3-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Beginning

Winter intake

69.2%

Summer intake

0%

Winter & Summer intake

23.1%
7.7% no information provided

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Philosophy

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Bard College Berlin

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 250

Program Fees: 0,- €

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 25,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 38,000

Program Fees: 1,633 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Jacobs University Bremen

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 1,400

Program Fees: 10,000 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

public University · No. of Students: 32,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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